LOOKING BACK: TCU vs. USC in '98 Sun Bowl
Dec. 10, 2007
El Paso, Texas -- With only six wins, many thought TCU was not worthy of a bowl appearance. But, the Horned Frogs proved their critics wrong in a big way.
Basil Mitchell rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on only 19 carries as TCU earned its first bowl victory in 41 years with a 28-19 win over USC in the 65th Sun Bowl.
Quarterback Patrick Batteaux added 94 yards and two scores for TCU, which recorded its first post-season win since defeating Syracuse in the 1957 Cotton Bowl.
TCU (7-5) dominated the line of scrimmage, rushing for 314 yards while holding USC to a Sun Bowl record minus-23, breaking by two yards the mark set by Florida State in 1951. The Trojans (8-5) also posted the lowest rushing total in school history, eclipsing the previous record of minus-11 yards against Iowa in 1976.
Mitchell fell just short of Charles Alexander's Sun Bowl rushing record of 197 yards. He opened the scoring with a three-yard run 7:07 into the first quarter.
True freshman Carson Palmer completed 17-of-28 passes for a season-best 280 yards to rally USC.
The Horned Frogs put away the game by chewing more than six minutes off the clock before pinning USC inside its 15 with less than two minutes remaining.